It's gearing up to be another amazing summer of classic rock concerts in both Connecticut and New York. From intimate clubs to gigantic stadiums under the stars there isn't a venue in the area that won't be rocking.

If you're a long-time fan of classic rock like me you've probably seen shows in all kinds of places. For me, there's nothing like an outdoor concert under the stars in the summer time and I would have to say that The Ives Concert Park in Danbury is my favorite outdoor venue. As you may already know, i95 is fortunate to have a great relationship with The Ives and we've held some great events there over the years.

I think my first experience at The Ives was at i95's 25th Anniversary Concert on August 24th, 2002. Blue Öyster Cult and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band performed that night and I remember it like it was yesterday. Since then I've been back many times and it's always a great concert experience. The wooded acres, the beautiful pond behind the stage. It really is a sight to see.

Now if you're talking intimate indoor venues The Ridgefield Playhouse is it. There was a time in the 80s and 90s when Toad's Place in New Haven, CT was THE place to go to see rock show up close and personal. Nowadays it's The Ridgefield Playhouse.

No matter where you sit you are right there with the artist and because The Ridgefield Playhouse is such an intimate venue, there are artists from major acts perform solo shows that you won't see in the bigger venues. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Ann Wilson of Heart, Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band are just a few who come to mind. And when the major bands DO show up at The Playhouse it's a treat for sure. The lineup of shows there is always packed with amazing artists. It also didn't hurt that I got to meet Dickey Betts, Joan Jett and Grace Potter there thanks to having a sweet gig with i95!

But those are just a few of the places to see concerts in Connecticut and New York. How about The Beacon Theater, Jones Beach, The Capitol Theater, The Chance Theater, Seaside Park, The Oakdale, The Webster Bank Arena, and The Palace Theater in Waterbury? And, oh yeah, then there's that legendary place called Madison Square Garden, and The Meadows Music Theater, The Foxwoods, and......I think you get the picture.

Vote for your favorite CT/NY venue below and give us your concert memories in the comment section below!:

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